2012 Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for private landowners to develop and improve high quality habitat that supports wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance. Through WHIP, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance. WHIP agreements can be for a time period with a minimum duration of one year after completion of the conservation practices, but not more than ten years.

In fiscal year 2012, WHIP funds will be used to implement Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW).  Working Lands for Wildlife is an effort between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to leverage capabilities, target assistance, and work collaboratively with agriculture producers, forest land managers, and Tribes.  Working Lands for Wildlife will promote voluntary, incentive-based conservation on private and Tribal lands.  The primary objectives are to:

  • Provide landowners with financial and technical assistance to help them improve their lands through wildlife habitat management and protection.
  • Implement conservation practices that will help restore populations of declining wildlife species (candidate, federally listed endangered and threatened or other at-risk wildlife species).
  • Provide landowners with Endangered Species Act regulatory certainty and confidence that conservation investments they make on their lands today can help sustain their operations over the long term.

Funds are available to assist producers willing to address habitat for and/or threats to the Greater Sage Grouse.  Projects must be located within Sage Grouse Focal Area.

Prior-Year WHIP (Archives)

For More Information

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program National NRCS Web site

For more information and updates about the WHIP, please also refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site or contact one of the Montana NRCS personnel listed below.


Kris Berg, Program Specialist
Phone: 406-587-6849
Email: Kris.Berg

Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 406-587-6794
Email: Tim.Ouellette